One of the most important parts of correct HVAC maintenance is swapping out your air filters. Your air filter keeps your system working efficiently and is also a huge part of improving and maintaining your indoor air quality. The EPA has shown that the air inside your home can be 2-5 times more polluted than the air in highly developed cities. We spend a lot of our times indoors, so your air filter is on the front line for improving indoor air quality. So what else do we need to know when it comes to air filters?
The simple way to tell you out how often to swap your filter would be, whenever it’s dirty. Of course, we don’t want you to have to take a look at your filter’s cleanliness every day, so a common rule is every 1-2 months for the greatest results.
The frequency you have to swap out your filter is determined by a host of factors. If you have pets in your house or a lot of guests and occupants, you’ll need to swap out your filter more often. Follow your filter provider’s recommendation on how often to change your filter as the suggestion depends on a number of factors in your home.
A filthy filter may also result in your system running harder, longer. This will cause your utility bills to go up and it can unfavorably impact the life of your system. Built up dust and system neglect are two of the leading causes of system failure. This system damage is entirely avoidable with routine maintenance, including regularly swapping out your air filters.
Regularly replacing your air filter is a simple thing to do and also an easy thing to forget about. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked the status of your filter, consider this post your cue. We are always here to help you breathe healthier and easier. If you have any questions about improving your indoor air quality give the team at H&C Heating and Cooling a call at 301-960-3247.